Chicago's Essex Inn in Chicago, IL

800 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago, IL 60605
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Situated near the Field Museum and overlooking Grant Park, Chicago’s Essex Inn offers simple accommodations near many of Chicago’s top points of interest. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor rooftop pool, an outdoor garden deck, an exercise center, in-lobby coffee and tea, a business center, meeting and event space, and more.


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Check-In: 4:00pm Check-Out: 11:00am
Our downtown Chicago hotel is located next to Grant Park and the Buckingham Fountain. We are a short distance from the shore of Lake Michigan and the city’s best museums and attractions such as Navy Pier. Whether you want to shop on the Magnificent Mile, visit the Shedd Aquarium, bike or jog along the lake shore or climb up Willis Tower, the best of Chicago is right outside your door.

The spacious rooms at Essex Inn are designed for simplicity and comfort, so guests always enjoy a relaxing stay at a great value. All accommodations include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, work desks and mini-fridges. Families love our sprawling suites overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, and work trips are a breeze with our free Wi-Fi and business center.

Keep up with your workout routine in the hotel fitness center. At our downtown Chicago hotel, our first-class amenities are second to none.

The Essex Inn is pleased to provide valet parking services at competitive rates. Guests will find our on-site Chicago hotel parking garage on the 8th Street side of the property.
  • Valet $60/night per vehicle.

Minimum check-in age is 21

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Brno, Czech Republic
"Cheap option in center of Chicago"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2019
Hotel is very cheap and located almost in the city center. City park is directly in front of the building. Both, bus or loop stations can be reached by 5 minute walk. We have been there for several nights during our trip to city. Our room was of average size, wifi connection was fast, staff was very kind and helpful with advice what to visit in the city. Price was very cheap comparing other accommodations.
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Vermillion, South Dakota
"Where street fights go"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 29, 2018
I booked a room at Chicago's Essex Inn because it was across the street from the hotel where I was attending a convention. It was a horrible experience. During two of the three nights that I was there, I was awakened by people screaming and the sound of either people or furniture being thrown around. The street below my window was quieter than the hotel. The room's only chair was broken. The shades were old and difficult to move. I would never stay there again nor would I ever recommend it to anyone, unless they enjoy bar fights, drunks, and shady places.
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Pavlo T
"Not great place to stay"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2018
Hotel has a great location but it’s very old and dirty. The bed was one of the worst I have ever experienced in the hotels. And the price is not always lower due to the provided comfort. I wouldn’t recommend unless you really need this location. Location is great for this hotel.
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freemont, United States
"Really dampening on my spirits"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2018
I stayed at the Essex during a large conference in Chicago. The Inn is under renovations and my room was not one of the ones that had been renovated. Everything in the room was old. The air didn't work well and we definitely needed a dehumidifier! Every time I left the room, when I tried to get back in my room key wouldn't work. This happened 6 times during my 2 night stay! There was no restaurant, no coffee in lobby. I moved after two nights!
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Robin H
"So so"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2018
I was a bit disappointed in my room. I faced a building that was undergoing construction so construction workers were constantly visible. I had to keep the curtains drawn the entire visit. The concierge was very kind and knowledgeable. Room could have been better and the room needs a microwave.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago's Essex Inn

What parking options are offered?
Guests can valet park for $60 per night per vehicle.

Is WiFi available?
Yes. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel.

Can I request a rollaway bed?
Yes. Requests are subject to availability and fees apply.

Will my room include a safe?

Will my room have a mini-fridge and microwave?
Rooms include mini-refrigerators.

Does the hotel have a pool?